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Noel Towell

Noel Towell is a reporter for The Canberra Times.

Public servant loses taxpayer-funded physio after more than 630 treatments


Noel Towell A workplace insurer has pulled the pin after a man received 630 treatments for back pain at a cost to the taxpayer of $65,000.

Shared services back in fashion in the federal bureaucracy

Clients: The Shared Services Centre is doing work for at least 13 departments and agencies.

Noel Towell Departments all over Canberra are offloading backroom functions.

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Centrelink customer aggression 'caused my nervous breakdown'


Noel Towell Customer service officer spent her working days in fight-or-flight mode, tribunal told.

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Public servant's boss asked her to send him topless photos


Noel Towell APS code of conduct must be observed in interactions between consenting public servants.

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Public servants demand Ebola isolation units be set up in Canberra


Noel Towell Luxury lakeside apartments could be used to isolate returning officials.

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Public service workers' compensation reforms are 'harsh and unjust', say Labor

Opposition employment spokesman Brendan O'Connor.

Noel Towell The Opposition says 'mean' changes would leave hundreds of thousands of workers with less cover.

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Prime Minister and Cabinet pay talks off: it's all too hard

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

Noel Towell The public service department is struggling to devise a wages deal tough enough for the Abbott government.

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Labor tries to intervene as Diggers' pay row heats up

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten wants the government to reconsider the Defence Force pay offer.

Noel Towell Shorten sends a plea to the military wages tribunal to reject government's controversial ADF pay offer.

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Australian Defence Force's pay system 'crazy', says Australia Defence Association


Noel Towell Pay offer produces an 'unhappy and unfairly treated' military workforce, says ADA.

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Diggers vent fury at 'outrageous' pay offer

Defence personnel say the government's  pay offer is

Noel Towell Australian Defence Force's pay offer is “an outrage”, “a disgrace” and “a joke”, say service men and women.

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Up to 15,000 staff to vote on Department of Human Services strike over pay

BALLOT: Public Service Minister Eric Abetz has urged DHS staff to vote

Noel Towell The Fair Work Commission has given the go-ahead for a massive ballot of DHS staff over a pay dispute.

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He who must not be named at the ATO... It's Eric Abetz


Noel Towell ATO employees threatened with official punishment if they mention the name of a certain senator.

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Where have all the graduates gone? Canberra's landlords ask

Tenants' market: It's tough times for landlords.

Noel Towell Landlord lament slump in APS intake.

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Norfolk Islanders desperate to save their democracy

Chief Minister and Minister for Tourism Lisle Snell and Minister for Finance Timothy Sheridan took Norfolk Island’s case to Parliament House on Thursday.

Noel Towell Pacific territory's leaders are shocked to discover the Australian federal government is planning to strip the historic island of its parliament.

Civil disobedience at Centrelink, Medicare


Noel Towell and Anna Patty Dress codes to be flouted and bosses' communications ignored as public servants consider strike action in pay dispute. Noel Towell and Anna Patty have their fingers on the pulse.

Government told to hurry up on armed forces' pay deal


Noel Towell Advocacy group says delays to pay deal for our soldiers, sailor and Air Forces are disrespectful.

Barnaby Joyce to send 600 Canberra public servants out of town

Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce.

Noel Towell Barnaby Joyce tells public service bosses to keep rural plans secret from workforce.

Former Centrelink worker's 'telephone phobia' claim lost

Sad stories: Pulled at operator's heart strings.

Noel Towell "Despair" of clients left me mentally damaged, says former public servant.

Human Services agrees to compromises on Telstra call centres plan

The AFP has vacancies within its telecommunications interception division.

Noel Towell DHS and union in Fair Work Australia talks.